The Arduino Internet of Holiday Things

Arduino-ho-ho-ho! 'Tis the season to tech the halls with some MKR1000-powered projects for a chance to win $1K to the Arduino Store + More!

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Contest status

Prizes awarded


1st prize
Prize 01 pic 1st prize

$1,000 Arduino Store Gift Certificate

$1,000 value

2nd prize
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$500 Arduino Store Gift Certificate

$500 value

3rd prize
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$250 Arduino Store Gift Certificate

$250 value

From 4th to 10th prize
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$85 Arduino Store Gift Certificate + MKR1000

$85 value - 7 available

From 11th to 25th prize
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$35 value - 15 available


Project submissions open:

December 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM PT

Project submissions close:

January 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM PT

Winners announced by:

February 17, 2017

Contest brief

Arduino-ho-ho-ho! 'Tis the season to tech the halls by connecting your projects to the IoT using the Arduino MKR1000. A WiFi-enabled Christmas tree? A Clark Griswold-like light show for outside your home? An Internet-controlled menorah? Whatever you build, we want to see it on our Project Hub! Once you submit your project, you 'll also receive a special promo code for your next MKR1000 purchase!So get into the Maker spirit and submit your holiday-themed idea for chance to win a gift certificate to the Arduino Store, hardware and some swag! We’ll be selecting the top 25 entries based on originality, quality, creativity, and festiveness. Want to participate but need a little inspiration? Be sure to check out our Road to Santa Claus tutorial!

1st place: $1,000 gift certificate

2nd place: $500 gift certificate

3rd place: $250 gift certificate

4th-10th place: $50 gift certificate + MKR1000 board

11th-25th place: MKR1000 board

And remember, all projects must use an Arduino MKR1000—a powerful board that combines the functionalities of the Arduino Zero and WiFi Shield, consisting of a 32-bit Cortex-M0+ core, a WINC1500 WiFi module, an ECC508 CryptoAuthentication chip, and a LiPo charging circuit. Ready to get started? 1. Create a free account on (or log-in if already a member)

2. Register for the contest by clicking "Register as a participant”

3. Design, build and submit your Internet of Holiday Things project on this page by January 30th, 2017

Submissions should include:
  • Detailed description (What are you creating for the Internet of Holiday Things? What does it do? How does it work?)
  • Story and quality images
  • Video demonstrations, if applicable
  • Clear instructions
  • BOM and schematics
  • Source code, preferably written on the Arduino Web Editor
  • CAD files, if applicable
  • Winners will be announced on this page on February 17th, 2017.

    Contest rules


    You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

  • You are a hobbyist or professional in the field of technology development
  • If you are considered a minor in your place of residence, then you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this challenge
  • You are not an Arduino employee
  • Requirements

    To be eligible for judging, an entry must meet the following content/technical requirements:

    You must create a free account and register as a participant for this contest
  • Projects should be submitted in the English language
  • Your project must be created using an Arduino MKR1000
  • Your project must be relevant to the theme of the contest (Internet of Holiday Things)
  • Your final project must be fully documented and submitted on Arduino Project Hub with the project template
  • Your final project documentation must include the following:

  • a) Images
  • b) Instructions
  • c) BOM (bill of materials)
  • d) Schematics
  • e) Code on Arduino Web Editor
  • f) CAD (if relevant to the project)
  • In addition:

  • Your entry must be your own original work
  • Your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest
  • You must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for You to submit your entry
  • Your entry may not include any third party trademarks (logos, names) or copyrighted materials (music, images, video, recognizable people) unless you have obtained permission to use the materials
  • Judging criteria

  • Project documentation
  • Story/instructions: Show how you created your project, including images, screenshots, and/or video, here a tutorial on how to submit your project
  • BOM: Detail the hardware components as well as apps you used
  • Schematics: Use software like, draw your circuit diagrams, detailed photographs
  • Code: Include working code with helpful comments, we really encourage you to use the Arduino Web Editor to write your code
  • Creativity: How does your project fit into the Internet of Holiday Things theme?
  • How to enter

    Submit your project by January 30th, 2017.

    If you are not already a member, you will need to create a free account.

    Register for the contest by clicking "Register as a participant" on the right column of the main contest page.

    Add a new project by clicking the "Add my Project" button and following the submission template.

    Share detailed instructions with images in the story section

    Share the bill of materials

    Share the electronics schematics

    Share the source code (preferably from Arduino Web Editor, see how in this tutorial. Optionally via Github or Bitbucket)

    Share the CAD files (if relevant)

    When done with all the documentation hit "Publish" on the project preview page

    You just need to wait fro your project to be approved, so it will show up in the

    Full rules

    The object of this contest is to create reference designs using the MKR1000. For purposes of this Contest, each solution and idea you create and submit in the Contest will be called an “entry.” All eligible entries received will be judged using the criteria described above to determine the winners of the prizes described above.CAN I ENTER?

    Your entry must be your own original work; and your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and you must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for you to submit your entry; and your entry may not include any third party trademarks (logos, names) or copyrighted materials (music, images, video, recognizable people) unless you have obtained permission to use the materials. Entries may NOT contain, as determined by us, in our sole and absolute discretion, any content that is: sexually explicit, unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing) or a particular political agenda; is obscene or offensive; defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies; communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which we wish to associate; and/or violates any law. We reserve the right to reject any entry, in our sole and absolute discretion, that we determine does not meet the above criteria. Important note about Copyright: Your entire entry must only include material (including hardware, source code – both open source and third party sourced, user interface, music, video or images) that you own or that you have permission from the copyright/trademark owner to use. Your team’s entry may not include copyrighted materials (such as source code, user interface, background music, images or video) unless you own or have permission to use the materials. Ownership is not defined as purchasing a CD at a music store for replay, if playing a copyrighted recording on your guitar or repurposing an application’s user interface – your entry will be disqualified if copyrighted materials, including but not limited to these examples, are a part of your entry without appropriate licensing or permissions. If you do use permissible copyrighted materials, you must include the permissions information by citing the artist/creator and license information as per the respective Challenge Rules. Note that even material released under sites such as Creative Commons, common open source code licenses, and other similar licensing may need permission or acknowledgement as per the specific license. Note: your team’s entry will be disqualified if permissions information is not included as per the requirements in the specific Challenge Rules.


    Other than what is set forth below, we are not claiming any ownership rights to your entry. However, by submitting your entry, you are: granting us an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to: (i) use, review, assess, test and otherwise analyze your entry and all its content in connection with this Contest; and (ii) feature your entry and all content in connection with the marketing, sale, or promotion of this Contest (including but not limited to internal and external sales meetings, conference presentations, tradeshows, and screen shots of the Contest entry in press releases) in all media (now known or later developed); agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for us and our designees to make use of the rights you granted above; understand and acknowledge that the Sponsor(s) may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to your submission and you waive any claims you may have resulting from any similarities to your entry; understand that we cannot control the incoming information you will disclose to our representatives in the course of entering, or what our representatives will remember about your entry. You also understand that we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your entry. By entering this Contest, you agree that use of information in our representatives’ unaided memories in the development or deployment of our products or services does not create liability for us under this agreement or copyright or trade secret law; understand that you will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your entry, other than what is described in these Official Rules. Please note that following the end of this Contest your entry may be posted on a website selected by us for viewing by visitors to that website. We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your entry by visitors to this website. While we reserve these rights, we are not obligated to use your entry for any purpose, even if it has been selected as a winning entry. If you do not want to grant us these rights to your entry, please do not enter this Contest. Limit one (1) prize per person or team. In the event of a tie between any eligible entries, an additional judge will break the tie based on the judging criteria described above. The decisions of the judges are final and binding. If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than the number of Contest Prizes described below. If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address, the phone number, or mailing address (if any) provided at time of entry within seven (7) days following completion of judging. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award to a runner-up. If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Contest. If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you complete a tax form, you will be issued an IRS Form 1099 the following January, for the actual value of the prize. You are advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select a runner-up. If you are confirmed as a winner of this Contest: You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services. However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and you may not designate someone else as the winner. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we may award it to a runner up; and if you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable federal, state, and local taxes related to accepting the prize; and if you are otherwise eligible for this Contest, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and / or terms and conditions.


    By entering this Contest you agree to: abide by these Official Rules; and release and hold harmless Arduino and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Contest, or any prize won; and Arduino’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Contest; and that, by accepting a prize,Arduino may use your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Contest, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.


    This Contest will be governed by the laws of the State of Massachusetts, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Massachusetts for any disputes arising out of this Contest.


    If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, bot, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Contest, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Contest. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Contest, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Contest. If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Contest by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we may disqualify you, and ban you from participating in any of our future Contests, so please play fairly.


    A full list of contest winners will be published on this page by February 17th, 2017. Arduino and the Arduino logo are trademarks of Arduino. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners © 2016.

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